Thursday, August 16, 2012

Gopuram-The Temple Entrance

Gopuram is nothing but a pyramidal structure. Our ancestors knew that the pyramidal structures are the most balancing structure in the world that is why the pyramid at Egypt still standing.

The pyramidal structures give positive energy and vibration to the devotees. The gopuram was constructed to large heights this is because the old people who cannot come to temple can also pray their god by sitting at their place just seeing the gopuram.

Cultural Importance:
In ancient days, Temples served as the major landmarks of the land. A place was identified either using the palaces or temples. As the palaces were prone for being ruined due to invasion, temples served as the major landmark for the passengers.

In order to facilitate the traveling folk to identify the locations easily, the Gopuram’s of the temples have to be built at high. That paved way for the high Gopuram’s.

By means of seeing the Gopuram’s from distance, passengers calculated the approximate distance of their destination from their location. Gopuram’s were built very high to serve as landmarks as well as for passenger distance’s

Further, temples served as the main shelter for travelers. When people travel between places, they stay at the temple premises to take rest. Before they begin the new part of their journey, they would worship GOD and start.

Scientific Reason:
Gopuram acts as a lightning arrest. A metallic object mounted on top of a building, electrically bonded using a wire or electrical conductor to interface with ground or "earth" through an electrode, engineered to protect the building in the event of lightning strike. If lightning targets the building it will preferentially strike the rod and be conducted to ground through the wire, instead of passing through the building, where it could start a fire or cause electrocution.

The science behind these constructions is that, the temple architecture gives cosmic energy to the main deity in the Garbha Griha. Firstly, the Juathaskambam acts like an antenna and receives the cosmic energy from the space and through an underground channel it is connected to the main deity in the Garbha-graha. The cosmic energy constantly flows through the Jathuskambam to the idol and energies the it. Secondly, the celestial power drawn through the dome gives the deity effulgence and metaphysical powers. The cosmic-energy is further maintained by sound waves (Vedic chants) and the pyramid like tomb. The pyramid like structure helps to amplify and preserve the cosmic energy. These are the reasons for anyone to feel a positive energy, goodness, calmness or divinity when we approach the inner sanctum.

The copper plate has the tendency to suck part the Ether when that penetrates through the copper and the Herbal resulting in powerful atomic energy that penetrates through the skin to cure the human, and that’s why the copper plate is put on the temple tower.

Interesting Facts:
The deity is washed with various materials (milk, sandal paste, oil) to maintain the idols. The deity is decorated with flowers and ornaments for psychological and visual boost. But the various postures of the deity (sitting/standing, number of hands, weapons they hold) do have significance in emitting the cosmic energy.

Thus the temples serve as the scientific space to receive the shower of cosmic energy or God’s blessings.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I would like to know the source of this information as I am writing a research paper on Hindu temples. I really feel that whatever information is given here is logically correct but I need to convince my Research Guide about the authenticity of the facts. So can you please tell me the source or book from which this information has come?